Which Philosophy courses should I take?

For more information, talk to a Philosophy Undergraduate Advisor. We'll be happy to advise you about which course is best suited for you. This document includes general advice.

To start:

Any 100- or 200-level course is a good introduction to philosophy. If you are already interested in philosophy, we recommend you begin with a
200-level course, since the 100-level courses are larger and you would have less contact with the instructor in them.

Succeeding courses:

Beyond your first philosophy course, you should choose courses based on your interests. To help you, here are some courses grouped broadly by subject. For a bulletin course description see the course listing.

ART

  • Philosophy 327 Aesthetics

EPISTEMOLOGY/KNOWLEDGE

  • Philosophy 301 Theory of Knowledge
  • Philosophy 409/809 Theory of Knowledge

ETHICS AND VALUE THEORY

(see also Political Philosophy)

  • Philosophy 106 Philosophy and Current Issues
  • Philosophy 213 Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy 220 Elements of Ethics
  • Philosophy 320 Ethical Theory
  • Philosophy 323 Topics in Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy 423/823 Advanced Ethics

HISTORY

  • Philosophy 223 Introduction to the Philosophy of History

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Philosophy 231 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy 232 History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy 331 Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Philosophy 332 Spinoza
  • Philosophy 333 History of Philosophy 19th Century
  • Philosophy 335 Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy 340 Contemporary Analytical Philosophy
  • Philosophy 341 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy 450/850 Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy 460/860 History of Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy 471/871 Kant

LAW

  • Philosophy 230 Philosophy of Law

LOGIC AND REASONING

  • Philosophy 110 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
  • Philosophy 411/811 Formal Logic

MEDICINE

  • Philosophy 213 Medical Ethics

METAPHYSICS

  • Philosophy 302 Introduction to Metaphysics
  • Philosophy 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy 418/818 Metaphysics

MIND

  • Philosophy 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind

POLITICAL THEORY

  • Philosophy 221 Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy 325 Advanced Social Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy 425/825 Political and Social Philosophy

PSYCHOLOGY

  • Philosophy 216 Introduction to Psychology and Philosophy

RELIGION

  • Philosophy 116 Philosophy and Religious Belief
  • Philosophy 265 Philosophy of Religion

SCIENCE

  • Philosophy 216 Introduction to Psychology and Philosophy
  • Philosophy 317 Philosophy of Science

 

PRE-LAW STUDENTS

We recommend the following courses for a minor in philosophy for pre-law students:

  • Philosophy 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
  • Philosophy 221 Political Philosophy; or Philosophy 230 Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy 301 Theory of Knowledge; or Philosophy 302 Introduction to Metaphysics; or Philosophy 320 Ethical Theory

PRE-MED STUDENTS

We recommend the following courses for a minor in philosophy for pre-med students:

  • Philosophy 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
  • Philosophy 213 Medical Ethics; or Philosophy 317 Introduction to the Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy 301 Theory of Knowledge; or Philosophy 302 Introduction to Metaphysics; or Philosophy 320 Ethical Theory